RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, the parent club of the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, today announced that the team has trimmed its training camp roster by 5 players. Carolina now has 22 players in training camp, with season opening rosters of 23 or fewer players due to the NHL by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6th.
Defensemen Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, along with forwards Brock McGinn and Derek Ryan, have been assigned to the Charlotte Checkers for their training camp, which is currently taking place at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail. Defenseman Haydn Fleury has been returned to his junior club in the Western Hockey League, the Red Deer Rebels. McGinn returns to Charlotte after an impressive rookie year last year, where he finished third on the team in goals, leading all rookies, while Pesce and Slavin will begin their professional careers with the Checkers after leaving the college ranks. Ryan will enter his first pro season in North America after a solid career overseas, leading the Swedish League in scoring last season and being named the league’s MVP.
The Carolina Hurricanes will open up the 2015-16 season on Thursday, October 8th on the road in Nashville against the Predators(8:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network), with the home opener coming next Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh as they take on the Detroit Red Wings, while the Charlotte Checkers will begin their 2015-16 campaign on October 10th in Des Moines, Iowa as they take on the Iowa Wild.